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Killington or Mt. Sutton?

post #1 of 9
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Planning a ski trip for my son & I after x-mas. We usually go up to Killington which we love - but someone has told me about some great deals up at Sutton. Has anyone skied Sutton & if so, how would the skiing  compare to Killington? Thanks!

post #2 of 9

hi

Ski the Beast five yrs ago, great variety great lift system, big mountain compared to sutton.

sutton has a very short vertical and is best known for its glades

 

hope this helps

post #3 of 9

If you want a new experience go to Sutton. It's nowhere near as big as K but is a very fun mountain when conditions are right. Aren't they all? If you're going to be there a few days Owl's Head, Mt. Orford & Bromont are relatively close so that you'd be able to ski a few places instead of just one. Jay Peak is within stricking distance also.

 

Don't get me wrong K is a great place to. I've skied there 20+ days a year on my pass for years & don't have anything bad to say about the place but also enjoy wandering around to other places. From my experiences the Eastern Township area is cool & offers up some great skiing .


Edited by steamboat1 - 11/10/11 at 9:28pm
post #4 of 9

Okemo may be worth checking out.  No where near as big as Killington, but just as fun.  Also, about an hour from Killington

post #5 of 9

I agree with the the suggestions that the Eastern Townships (Sutton, Orford and Owl's Head) would offer a unique ski destination.  Killington is much bigger but there is better food, unique accomodations (i.e. Auberge) and some times snow in Quebec.  Skiing after X-mas most anywhere is crowded and in the East conditions don't always cooperate.  If you do go to Sutton and need to do non-skiing activites there are unique activities or a drive over to Montreal.

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Okemo may be worth checking out.  No where near as big as Killington, but just as fun.  Also, about an hour from Killington



I'm a little late to the discussion here, but IMHO, Okemo and Killington are nothing alike.  Killington has at least some terrain that would keep just about anybody entertained -- i.e., they have glades, bumps, cruising, mellow stuff, steep stuff, etc.  Killington tries to be "everything to everybody"; how well they succeed is another discussion.

 

Okemo is marketed as a family friendly mountain and is home to loads and loads of groomed cruisers, and not a whole lot else.  There really isn't anything all that steep at Okemo; they do have a few bump / glade runs, but the place is intermediate cruising heaven.  Nothing wrong with that; the popularity of Okemo is testament to the size of its core market, and I have had some fun days at Okemo.

 

I just think most people who know and love Killington would be bored at Okemo and vice versa.

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I'm a little late to the discussion here, but IMHO, Okemo and Killington are nothing alike.  Killington has at least some terrain that would keep just about anybody entertained -- i.e., they have glades, bumps, cruising, mellow stuff, steep stuff, etc.  Killington tries to be "everything to everybody"; how well they succeed is another discussion.

 

Okemo is marketed as a family friendly mountain and is home to loads and loads of groomed cruisers, and not a whole lot else.  There really isn't anything all that steep at Okemo; they do have a few bump / glade runs, but the place is intermediate cruising heaven.  Nothing wrong with that; the popularity of Okemo is testament to the size of its core market, and I have had some fun days at Okemo.

 

I just think most people who know and love Killington would be bored at Okemo and vice versa.

 

Definitely not anything nearly as steep as the Beast.  I guess it would depend if the ski trip was a family trip or adults only.

post #8 of 9

Agree Okemo has nothing to test you.  You are missing some of the best mountains in the east.

 

Start with Stowe, Smuggs, Jay Peak and Sugarbush and go from there.

 

We used to go to Sutton when I was a kid and it was fun (cold) but once I started to get better I wanted stuff like Jay Peak, Stowe, MRG etc.... Depends on what you are looking for.

 

 

post #9 of 9

Neither, imho.  If you are heading to Vt then the choice is wide open.  My pick would be the Mad River Valley - Sugarbush and Mad River Glen.  You can also easily reach Stowe from there.  You could even hit up Killington on the trip home.

 

Killington the mountain is ok, not great, nothing compared to The Valley.  The access road is like Coney Island.

 

The Mad River Valley will give you better skiing, more serious skiers and a true Vermont experience.  Why travel and wind up a Killington!

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